AFTER THE JUMP, disturbing footage from the immediate aftermath of the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that devastated Eastern Turkey today, toppling at least 25 apartment buildings, a student dormitory, a "health services" building, and part of a hospital in the lakeside town of Ercis, and several large buildings in downtown Van, the provincial capital.
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Rosie O'Donnell boycotts Donald Trump by canceling a stay at the Trump Towers.
NFL player and marriage equality supporter Brendon Ayanbadejo doesn't think it would be a big deal if a football player came out: "Ayanbadejo said it would be harder to exclude an all-star who came out than a player clinging to a roster spot. Just as players who have exceptional skills don't have to follow every rule, a gay player at the top of his sport would probably not face as much derision. 'If someone is a great player, things become invisible.'"
President Obama has offended the country's carnival barkers.
Christian pride flag stolen outside of church in Iowa for the sixth time in a year.
Lesbian writer Joanna Russ has died at 74.
Kevin Keller's Army general father accepts his son for who he is.
Republican Denny Rehberg, the 23rd richest member of Congress, wants you to know that he is "struggling like everyone else."
Watch: Britney Spears "Femme Fatale" tour rehearsal video.
Meredith Vieira to exit the Today Show.
On set photos of Andrew Garfield shooting the latest Spider-man movie.
Jerry Seinfeld mocks Donald trump: "All comedians love Donald Trump. If God gave comedians the power to invent people, the first person we would invent is Donald Trump."
The recent deadly tornado out break is now officially the second worst in the country's history.
Officials at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport have released a couple of surveillance tapes from Friday night when a tornado tore through the facility sparking passengers and TSA employees to dart for cover. No deaths or seriously injuries were reported but the airport sustained major damage. Incoming flights resumed last night.
Watch the dramatic security camera footage, AFTER THE JUMP.
Madonna's jacket announces that she is "The Queen."
What a deal: Ben Cohen auctions the shirt off his back for $325.
Comedy Central celebrates 20 years: "'We have never wanted to be all comedy to all people,' said the channel’s president, Michele Ganeless. Doug Herzog, who oversees Comedy Central and two other channels owned by Viacom, said, 'Everybody’s doing some comedy, but nobody’s doing exactly what we’re doing.'"
More casting news for The Dark Knight Rises.
The FBI opens its vault on UFOs.
Looks like being voted off American Idol was the best thing that could have happened to Pia Toscano.
Video has emerged of a 48-foot tsunami striking Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Iowa town is demolished by twister.
New book makes new gay claims about Malcolm X: "Supported with evidence from an earlier autobiography, rumours of flirtations with gay sex confirm that Malcolm Little, as he was then, became involved with an older man and a hustler. As documented in the book, the hustler named Rudy was 'paid to undress them both, then pick up the old man like a baby, lay him on his bed, then stand over him and sprinkle him all over with talcum powder. Rudy said the old man would actually reach his climax from that.'"
The remake of Arthur takes the number 2 spot at the box office.
Montenegro prime minister supports gay pride parade: "Whether we personally accept them or not, whether we personally have one opinion or the other, let that remain our personal thought, but we must face the fact that there are differences in the society, that those issues are a part of the human rights corpus. Let the people take a walk and we will show that we are civilized."
A heartbreaking reminder that many animals were victims of the earthquake/tsunami as well.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
"This is what it's like when we could find the dogs at the actual disaster area. The white has gotten weak but the brown one is not allowing to get closer. The TV crew shot this. We have already got these dog. But it too two hours to take them to the closest shelter. The guys who had done that had the bigger plastic cage on the back of the bike. Having such weight on the back is risky for going the way with no road...Those two dogs are rescued. The one which came close to the camera is in the better condition. The other White, Gray and Black was weak. So it is in the vet clinic in Ibaraki Prefectre. The other dog is in the shelter of the same area. But please know that those two are just the tip of the iceberg. There are more and we need help."
The situation in Japan continues to deepen as explosions and fire have damaged the Fukushima nuclear reactor perhaps beyond recovery:
In a brief morning address to the nation Tokyo time, Prime Minister Naoto Kan pleaded for calm, but warned that radiation had already spread from the crippled reactors and there was “a very high risk” of further leakage.
The sudden turn of events, after an explosion Monday at one reactor and then an early-morning explosion Tuesday at yet another — the third in four days at the plant — already made the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station the worst nuclear accident since the Chernobyl reactor disaster a quarter century ago.
Most workers have abandoned the plant:
Engineers at the plant, working at tremendous personal risk, on Tuesday continued efforts to cool down the most heavily damaged unit, reactor No. 2, by pumping in seawater. According to government statements, most of the 800 workers at the plant had been withdrawn, leaving 50 or so workers in a desperate effort to keep the cores of three stricken reactors cooled with seawater pumped by firefighting equipment, while crews battled to put out the fire at the No. 4 reactor, which they claimed to have done just after noon on Tuesday.
RIA Novosti reports: "The Japanese Transport Ministry declared a no-fly zone within the range of 30 km from the blast-hit Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant, the Kyodo news agency said on Tuesday. The ban does not include planes and helicopters involved in rescue efforts and delivering aid to quake-hit areas."
Some folks are evacuating Tokyo: "Panic swept Tokyo on Tuesday after a rise in radioactive levels around an earthquake-hit nuclear power plant north of the city, causing some to leave the capital or stock up on food and supplies. Embassies advised staff to leave affected areas, tourists cut short vacations and some multinational companies told staff to move from Tokyo out after low levels of radiation were detected in one of the world's biggest and most densely populated cities."
The aircraft carrier USS George Washington was docked for maintenance after detecting low levels of radioactivity.